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Situational awareness - August 29, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Urquhart says the LDS Church's opposition to Prop. 2 is "dishonest." Trump warns of violence if Democrats win control of Congress in November. Republicans once again eye a repeal of Obamacare.



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New podcast

We talk with former Utah state Senator Steve Urquhart who says the LDS Church is not honest with their opposition to Prop. 2 - http://bit.ly/2PR4Z5o

Hatch rips Trump on McCain

Sen. Orrin Hatch says a statement from the White House honoring Sen. John McCain should not have been delayed. "That should have been automatic," said Hatch - http://bit.ly/2Pd3YU2

Consumer confidence

Consumers in Utah remain confident about the economy despite some jitters about whether wages are keeping up with rising costs - http://bit.ly/2PeicUA

Temperamental weather

LaVarr Webb says Mother Nature has been quite surly this year on his small farm in Northern Utah - http://bit.ly/2wDG2Sf


Deseret News

Op-ed: This mother supports Proposition 2

Editorial: NAFTA negotiations with Mexico might not get beyond the border

'He embodied the best in us': Hatch remembers McCain during Senate speech

Utah consumers bullish on local economy, survey says

Top Interior official sizes up Ogden as possible site for BLM HQ

Utah is one of the hardest-working states in the country. But it works the least

New report: Utah's booming life sciences industry an economic powerhouse

'A case about death': Davis County sues several opioid makers, citing overdose crisis

Third-party Senate candidate slams Mitt Romney in new ad

Salt Lake Tribune

Fake news? No, but Ben McAdams campaign says a fake reporter likely had ties to Mia Love campaign. Love camp denies it.

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz paints picture of a shadow-loving, obstructionist 'Deep State' bureaucracy in new book

With BLM headquarters likely to go West, Rep. Rob Bishop promotes Ogden as Utah's best host


Experts share strategies for Utah companies to survive U.S.-China trade war (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. OKs 8-year phase out of cash perk for retiring elected officials (Standard-Examiner)

New Summit County group hopes to bridge partisan divide (Park Record)




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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_06.jpgPodcast: Steve Urquhart

Former Utah Senator Steve Urquhart claims the LDS Church is not being honest with their criticisms of Prop. 2, which would make medical cannabis legal in Utah....
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtahns are confident in the job market while some are unsure of whether wages are keeping up with costs

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 1.4 points to 114.9 in August....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Farm_01.jpgIt's been a surly summer on the farm

Mother Nature has certainly been in a bad mood this summer. I don't know what made the old lady so grumpy, but I'm a fairly ancient guy, and I don't remember as surly a summer as we've experienced the last few months....
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.png Salt Lake Chamber applauds new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico

Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, issued the following statement regarding the new trade deal between the United States and Mexico:...
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Medical_marijuana_04.jpgWeekly survey: LDS Church and Prop. 2

Last week the LDS Church sent an email to their members encouraging them to vote against Prop. 2, the medical cannabis ballot initiative. How effective do you think this plea will be in November? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Cicero Group is moving up the ladder
In the Vault.com 2019 "Top 50 Consulting Firms" rankings, Cicero Group came in at No. 4 for internal mobility and No. 5 for relationships with supervisors, both of which are often critical factors determining the long-term success of new candidates entering the consulting in...

National Headlines

Poll: Majority say Brennan, Comey should not have security clearances (The Hill)

Michael Cohen's lawyer has severely undermined the case against Trump (Washington Post)

Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its 'Intolerant' Liberal Culture (New York Times)

GOP rep touches off firestorm with claim FBI leaked info, used stories to get FISA warrants (FOX News)

Russian oligarch, Justice Department and a clear case of collusion (The Hill)

Arizona election officials work to fix problems with voting machines on primary day (FOX News)

California student arrested for stealing MAGA hat from classmate, slapping teacher (AOL)

California Lawmakers Set Goal for Carbon-Free Energy by 2045 (New York Times)

Proposal to rename Senate office building after McCain stirs backlash (NBC News)

Trump-endorsed Ron DeSantis to face Bernie-backed Andrew Gillum in Florida governor's race (FOX News)

U.S. Consumer Confidence Surged in August to Near 18-Year High (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words

Good Men

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke


Lighter Side

Geek Squad

"Best Buy just purchased a company that provides emergency response services. So, next time you're having a heart attack, don't worry, the Geek Squad will be over tomorrow between 2:00 and 4:00 to save your life." Jimmy Fallon


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